Paths for People: Community Advisory Group

Apr 17, 2024

Help us create a better paths network for all

‘Paths for People: A Community Paths Network for Broadford and Strath’ is an exciting new project initiated by Broadford & Strath Community Company. We are setting up a Community Advisory Group to help steer the project and ensure it represents the views of the local community. Interested in getting involved? Read on …

About the project

We know there is a need for better links between places and communities in Broadford and Strath. We know, too, that many people would like to walk, wheel (using a wheelchair or mobility scooter) or cycle more often in our area. We want to create an environment where walking, wheeling and cycling are safe and attractive options for everyone. So we have launched a project to help make this happen: ‘Paths for People: A Community Paths Network for Broadford and Strath’.

The first step is to audit what paths we have, what needs to be improved, and what’s missing. We want to find out from our local community what changes they would like to see and what would make it easier for people to choose walking, wheeling and cycling (‘active travel’) as an option.

With funding from Paths for All and The Highland Council / Scottish Government we have engaged Alan Jones Associates to work with us on a community paths study for the Broadford and Strath Community Council area. Building on previous studies including the Skye Cycle Network, it will include community consultation, path surveys, mapping and feasibility work. A final report, to be delivered by December 2024, will provide us with robust evidence that can be used for future funding bids to support path construction and maintenance in our area.

About the Community Advisory Group

It is vital that everyone in our area has the opportunity to contribute. We will shortly be launching a survey which will be followed by community engagement events later in the year.

We are also setting up a Community Advisory Group to act as a ‘sounding board’ for the project. Members will support engagement with the wider community to ensure that project proposals are representative of local views. They will also help shape follow-on work.

We are looking to recruit a cross-section of approx 6 – 8 individuals and representatives of key sectors such as education, business and leisure. We are particularly keen to ensure that views from all sectors of the community are represented, including Disabled people, younger people and older people.  Members do not require specific skills or experience but should have an interest in paths and active travel, a commitment to the project’s aims and objectives, and a willingness to contribute. Meetings will take place approximately every 2 months and the role is voluntary.

Interested in joining? Please first have a look at the Terms of Reference to find out more about what’s involved. To put yourself forward or to have chat about the role please email Christine Davis, Community Coordinator, outlining any particular areas of interest/ expertise and group(s) you represent if relevant.

We hope to hold the first meeting in early May.


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